Veteran British rockers The Who will play Cincinnati next year for the first time since 1979, when a stampede before a concert they were giving in the city killed 11 fans. The historic show was announced last night by local Cincinnati TV station WCPO after airing a documentary special commemorating the 40th anniversary of the tragedy - The Who: The Night That Changed Rock.
The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame band will play April 23 at Northern Kentucky University's BB&T Arena, across the Ohio River 7 miles south of the December 3, 1979, concert site, where another two dozen people were injured December 3, 1979, amid confusion and lack of preparation for thousands of fans lined up for hours for first-come seats. The victims ranged in age from 15 to 27 years old - and the band did not learn of the tragedy until after the concert.
They went ahead with the concert, unaware of the tragedy until afterwards.
'Now we can have a conversation about it when we go back, ' Townshend said.
'We will meet people and we'll be there.
"It is right to recognize that the friends and families of those fans we lost that fateful night have not forgotten them", Daltrey tells WCPO. We'll be there. That's what's important.
The April 23 concert at Cincinatti's Northern Kentucky University's BB&T Arena, seven miles (11 km) south of the 1979 concert site, is part of the band's Moving On! tour. "I don't know about the guys, but for me, I left a little bit of my soul in Cincinnati". Some proceeds will benefit a memorial scholarship fund created in honor of three Finneytown High School students who died when fans broke an arena gate and rushed forward, per the Cincinnati Enquirer.